Thursday, January 26, 2012

Equatorial Guinea Rewards Nzalang's First Victory

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Delivers Soccer Team's Bonus

Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, rewarded the national team, Nzalang, for its victory against Libya the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) inaugural match. Minister Nguema delivered the promised bonus in his capacity as President of the Federation of Youth of the Equatorial Guinea Democratic Party (PDGE).

"The match was very important for the people of Equatorial Guinea, because it is the first time that an event of such a magnitude was held in our country, and even more so being the inaugural match," said Minister Nguema. "All the factors came together in order to be able to transmit to you the solidarity of the people. You have demonstrated our pride in this encounter with a brilliant victory that reassured us and encouraged us to achieve further triumphs."

Minister Nguema rewarded the Nzalang with 500 million CFA francs (approximately one million dollars) for their first victory and awarded two other payments of ten million CFA francs each (around 20,000 dollars) to the scorers of the team’s two goals, one of which was annulled in a controversial decision. He continued to encourage the team and ensured the players and the nation that he will the maintain the incentives throughout the tournament. The Nzalang won its second match of the AFCON, against Senegal, yesterday and Minister Nguema will reward the team again in the upcoming days.

Bata, the country’s largest city, once again overflowed with excitement over the success of its National team, Nzalang. The team’s upcoming match against Zambia will be played this Sunday, January 29, in its capital city of Malabo.